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[[File:Or-240in1arc.png|thumb|Mini Arcade Machine's console.]]
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{{Infobox console
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| name = Thumbs Up! Mini Arcade Machine
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| image = File:Or-240in1arc.png
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|imagewidth = 250px
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| caption = Promotional image
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| date = Mid-2010s
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| manufacturer = Thumbs Up!
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| system = Famiclone (VT369)
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}}
 
'''''Thumbs Up! Mini Arcade Machine''''' is a handheld system shaped like a mini arcade machine, featuring 240 games.
 
'''''Thumbs Up! Mini Arcade Machine''''' is a handheld system shaped like a mini arcade machine, featuring 240 games.
   
 
== Overview ==
 
== Overview ==
Very similar to the [[Multicade 230]], although it has slightly different games. Quality of the bootlegs is, as with the Multicade 230, extremely poor. Bottom of device says, ''Thumbs Up!'' (although "up what, exactly?" is not answered). Manufacturer's product code is "OR-240in1ARC". The "OR" likely stands for "ORB" which is another company name this device appears to be sold under.
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Two models of the Thumbs Up machine were produced, both with different gamelists despite being in the same plastic case.
   
Titles tend to be descriptive and hilarious: ''Squirrel Courtship'', ''Abscondee'', and ''Gluttonous Dog''. Typos abound, as in ''Maze Tpooper'', and in the [https://www.thumbsupuk.com/Products/Mini_Arcade_Machine official website] which suggests purchasing the device to “''relieve [sic] hours of video game nostalgia''”.
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The first model of the system is very similar to the [[Multicade 230]], featuring the same exact menu, but includes ten extra games. This seemingly predates the Multicade 230's software, but the handheld itself came out after the 230 had already released. It runs on a [[VTxxx|VT369]] NOAC (NES-on-a-Chip) and its SPI ROM could possibly be read / reprogrammed using a CH341A. The additional games included not seen on the Multicade 230 are:
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* 6-A-Side Football (''Power Soccer'' hack)
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* Badminton (''Super Dyna'mix Badminton'' hack)
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* Ski (''Slalom'' hack)
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* Ice Hockey (''Ice Hockey'', unedited)
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* Cricket World Cup 2003 (''[[International Cricket]]'' title hack)
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* Motorcycles (''Excitebike'' hack)
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* Jungle Max 1 (''Donkey Kong Jr.'' hack)
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* Bee Sting (''Donkey Kong 3'' hack)
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* Match Up (''Donkey Kong Jr. Math'' hack)
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* Maze Adventure (''Mario Bros.'' hack)
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The second variant features a basic lineup of [[Nice Code Software|Nice Code]] VT02 titles, with a VT03 menu. It still runs on the VT369 chip of the former model, but does not utilize any of its features.
   
It is likely running a [[VT368]] NOAC (NES-on-a-Chip) and its SPI ROM could possibly be read / reprogrammed using a CH341A.
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The manufacturer's product code is "OR-240in1ARC". The "OR" likely stands for "ORB" which is another company name this device appears to have been sold under.
   
 
== System Test ==
 
== System Test ==
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== Games List ==
 
== Games List ==
[[File:xtra.png|right]]
 
 
The system has four categories: Sports, Shooting, Puzzle, and Arcade. Each of these options lead into a separate menu featuring games based on the selected category. Most of the hacked games do not have title screens, and are hacked to have a large amount of (or sometimes infinite) lives, and have full music and voice samples, similar to [[2-in-1 Street Dance + Hit Mouse|''Street Dance'']], instead of the 8-bit music (with a few exceptions). They aren't very well done, and some crash after the first few levels. Text is not changed, even if it says the original name of the hacked game. The original games are even lower in quality, and have misleading names/themes. The best example is Zoology, which is just a soundboard with animal sounds and is listed as a puzzle game.
 
The system has four categories: Sports, Shooting, Puzzle, and Arcade. Each of these options lead into a separate menu featuring games based on the selected category. Most of the hacked games do not have title screens, and are hacked to have a large amount of (or sometimes infinite) lives, and have full music and voice samples, similar to [[2-in-1 Street Dance + Hit Mouse|''Street Dance'']], instead of the 8-bit music (with a few exceptions). They aren't very well done, and some crash after the first few levels. Text is not changed, even if it says the original name of the hacked game. The original games are even lower in quality, and have misleading names/themes. The best example is Zoology, which is just a soundboard with animal sounds and is listed as a puzzle game.
   
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[[Category:Arcade games]]
 
[[Category:Arcade games]]
 
[[Category:Multicarts]]
 
[[Category:Multicarts]]
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[[Category:Handhelds]]

Revision as of 19:13, June 17, 2019

Thumbs Up! Mini Arcade Machine
Or-240in1arc
Promotional image
Release date Mid-2010s
Manufacturer Thumbs Up!
System Famiclone (VT369)

Thumbs Up! Mini Arcade Machine is a handheld system shaped like a mini arcade machine, featuring 240 games.

Overview

Two models of the Thumbs Up machine were produced, both with different gamelists despite being in the same plastic case.

The first model of the system is very similar to the Multicade 230, featuring the same exact menu, but includes ten extra games. This seemingly predates the Multicade 230's software, but the handheld itself came out after the 230 had already released. It runs on a VT369 NOAC (NES-on-a-Chip) and its SPI ROM could possibly be read / reprogrammed using a CH341A. The additional games included not seen on the Multicade 230 are:

  • 6-A-Side Football (Power Soccer hack)
  • Badminton (Super Dyna'mix Badminton hack)
  • Ski (Slalom hack)
  • Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey, unedited)
  • Cricket World Cup 2003 (International Cricket title hack)
  • Motorcycles (Excitebike hack)
  • Jungle Max 1 (Donkey Kong Jr. hack)
  • Bee Sting (Donkey Kong 3 hack)
  • Match Up (Donkey Kong Jr. Math hack)
  • Maze Adventure (Mario Bros. hack)

The second variant features a basic lineup of Nice Code VT02 titles, with a VT03 menu. It still runs on the VT369 chip of the former model, but does not utilize any of its features.

The manufacturer's product code is "OR-240in1ARC". The "OR" likely stands for "ORB" which is another company name this device appears to have been sold under.

System Test

Hold down Ⓐ and Ⓑ then turn on the power for system diagnostics and joystick test.

Games List

The system has four categories: Sports, Shooting, Puzzle, and Arcade. Each of these options lead into a separate menu featuring games based on the selected category. Most of the hacked games do not have title screens, and are hacked to have a large amount of (or sometimes infinite) lives, and have full music and voice samples, similar to Street Dance, instead of the 8-bit music (with a few exceptions). They aren't very well done, and some crash after the first few levels. Text is not changed, even if it says the original name of the hacked game. The original games are even lower in quality, and have misleading names/themes. The best example is Zoology, which is just a soundboard with animal sounds and is listed as a puzzle game.

Gallery

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